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This is the expansion to the strategy title, Rome: Total War. While the original dealt with the rise of the Roman Empire to glory, the conquest of the Greeks and Gauls and the clash with the Carthaginians, the expansion deals with its eventual decline. The Roman Empire splits in two, forming the Western and the Eastern Empires. Historically, the nomadic people known as the Huns, lead by the "Scourge of God" reached the gates of Rome burning everything in their way and turned back only because of famine and pestilence, while the Eastern part would rise again as the great Byzantine Empire. It is up to the player to assume the role of one of the two emperors or the warlords of the barbarian people and imitate or change history.

Once again, gameplay is split between grand real-time battles and engrossing turn-based building and managing. The core of the gameplay remains the same on the battlefield and the most significant addition is that of night battles (it seems that the barbarians favored this time for raids) and the ability to cross rivers. On a larger scale barbaric tribes such as the Huns and Vandals are not defeated if they lose their provinces, but form hordes and move to find greener lands. This feature imitates both the fearsome way in which the Huns overrun Europe and the major population shifts that took place in this dark time.


Rome: Total War - Barbarian Invasion Windows The General and his German unit
Rome: Total War - Barbarian Invasion Windows Menu
Rome: Total War - Barbarian Invasion Windows An easy victory
Rome: Total War - Barbarian Invasion Windows The Goth hordes

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Alternate Titles

  • "罗马:全面战争 蛮族入侵" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "RTW: BI" -- Common abbreviation

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Frustrating followup to the classic Rome: Total War Mike Kew (7) 3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars

Critic Reviews

Pelit Nov, 2005 93 out of 100 93
IGN Sep 29, 2005 8.8 out of 10 88 Oct 05, 2005 86 out of 100 86
Gameplay (Benelux) Nov, 2005 85 out of 100 85 Oct 05, 2005 83 out of 100 83
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Oct 14, 2005 82 out of 100 82 Oct 03, 2005 16 out of 20 80
Gamestyle (Germany) Oct 07, 2005 8 out of 10 80 Nov 13, 2005 14 out of 20 70
1UP Nov 01, 2005 7 out of 10 70


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Rome: Total War - Barbarian Invasion was named Expansion of the Year in the 2005 PC Game Awards issue of Computer Games Magazine (March 2006).
Silverblade (1408) added Rome: Total War - Barbarian Invasion (Windows) on Oct 03, 2005